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  1. Leicester56

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    Building custom wood hood for my 75 gallon and looking for advice on primer/paint suggestions (will be black). Spray paint vs regular, etc.
     
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    On something like that, regular paint would be best. Spray paint will look like spray paint.
     
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    If you're trying to match a black factory built stand, they're finished with black lacquer. A lacquer finish will properly seal the wood and give a nice even finish that even allows the wood grain to show through.
    If you've seen Marty's finished stand, I used black lacquer on that.
     
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    I haven't seen Marty's, but I am fully on-board! Do you have a brand recommendation and number of coats?
     
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    You can either find some at Sherwin-Williams or Hirschfield's; both are paint/finish stores.
    You'll have to go to the counter and they'll mix it up for you. I prefer the satin finish, but you can get it in a gloss/high gloss if you want. I've always picked up a gallon at a time, so you'll have ask if they have a smaller can if you don't want that much.

    Since I have a HVLP sprayer at my disposal, that's my method of application. You can brush it on also, but a sprayed on finish is so much nicer.
    You'll want at least three coats to achieve a nice finish; scuffing the canopy with a scuff pad (200-400grit) to knock down any burrs after each application has dried.

    If you have any further questions, just ask. I've been doing this for almost 15 years...
     
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    I always apply a couple coats of Kilz to any wood that is facing water, including the inside of hoods and stands. its a primer and can be painted over. I generally dont paint over it as like the clean look of white on the inside of my stand and the additional light bounce from the white in the hood.

    Based on my experience i would not recommend the Kilz spray paint. Stick with the brush application.

    On the outside surfaces i second a nice dark / black lacquer.
     
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    Be careful mixing oil and latex (coating over one with the other) I think its ok one way but doesnt work the other way.
     
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